Numberstations

by The Form Group

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This album is made up of new tracks (and a couple of demos) and is a short little love letter to the mysterious world of Numbers Stations. Collected by the Conet Project, they are shortwave radio broadcasts of coded messages picked up by listeners over the globe. There’s a lot more about the project here: www.irdial.com/conet.htm but I’ll just leave you with this short description for now,

“Shortwave Numbers Stations are a perfect method of anonymous, one way communication. Spies located anywhere in the world can be communicated to by their masters via small, locally available, and unmodified Shortwave receivers. The encryption system used by Numbers Stations, known as a “one time pad” is unbreakable. Combine this with the fact that it is almost impossible to track down the message recipients once they are inserted into the enemy country, it becomes clear just how powerful the Numbers Station system is.”

Spies! How thrilling.

PS The samples that augment the tracks have been used under a Creative Commons license and I am therefore letting people download and listen for free, or to make a small contribution if they see fit. Enjoy!

Visit www.irdial.com for more on The Conet Project and other great stuff.

credits

released September 14, 2013

All radio samples from The Conet Project
All music and birdsong recording by Matt Ashton
Recorded at home September 2013

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The Form Group London, UK

Matt Ashton from The Leaf Library plays with guitar loops and field recordings to make a lovely droney mess.

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